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A wonderful collaboration

I want to thank the St. Helena Star for bringing attention last week to a wonderful collaboration occurring through Aug. 31 between our local Rotary organization and our local St. Helena Preschool For All program.

In this time period the Rotary will match funds up to $13,000 for donations to St. Helena Preschool For All. The effort is to reach $40,000 in community donations to provide four full day scholarships over the next year.

St. Helena Preschool For All is a program that recognizes the importance of all children having the same access to early developmental education. The preschool experience gives early exposure to books and reading, math, group dynamics, socialization skills, language, and cultural awareness. Early development in these areas helps create a level playing field for all children starting kindergarten and grade school.

The Rotary has a long and important history in our town as a vibrant and innovative community service organization. Its purpose is to serve the people of greater St. Helena by solving problems and helping to identify new opportunities to create a better community. Please join in supporting and growing the opportunities for all preschool age children of St. Helena. This is an opportunity to show that St. Helena is a community that takes care of its own.

The Rotary Club will match your donations up to $13,000, which is a combination of Founding Community Sponsors which include: Sunshine Foods Market, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Grace Episcopal Church, Joice Beatty Scholarship Fund, and an anonymous donor.

The challenge ends Aug. 31, 2019 and will be followed by a community celebration at noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Crane Park.

You can make your donation through The St. Helena Rotary Club Foundation, which is a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization, by pressing the Donate button on the Rotary website https://sthelenarotary.org/foundation" target="_blank">https://sthelenarotary.org/foundation or sending a check to St. Helena Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 211, St. Helena, Ca. 94574.

For more information please visit the websites of the St. Helena Rotary Club, https://sthelenarotary.org/ and Preschool For All, https://www.shpreschoolforall.org/

Also remember the Rotary Club is always ready to welcome new members!

Mayor Geoff Ellsworth

St. Helena

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